SAN JOSE -- WPG Americas Inc. (WPGA) is aware of the role that minerals found in electronic components play in perpetuating the humanitarian crisis in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining regions recognized worldwide for human rights violations and environmental degradation. To ensure the non-use of these materials, WPGA has implemented a policy and adjoined the alliance in support of banning the use of conflict free minerals with our suppliers.
WPGA polled its suppliers and compiled a detailed list of their position. All WPGA customers can now access supplier conflict free minerals policies at www.wpgamericas.com/conflict_minerals.php. This listing will continue to be updated as industry initiatives are developed and efforts proceed.
"It is very rare in the electronics distribution industry that we have the opportunity to impact and influence humanitarian efforts. As a global organization we immediately took action to support this initiative, with the hope that our efforts will make a difference and influence others to do the same" said Dave Bowers Vice President, Supplier Marketing.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.